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California Veterans Board adds three new appointees to advocate for veterans

With the appointments of Zoe Dunning, Ed Campbell, and Robin Umberg, the California Veterans Board has added three new members in 2019. Dunning and Campbell were appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Umberg in December 2018. She was sworn in on January 2. The seven-member board hears appeals by veterans who were […]

August 14 celebrates Native Americans’ roles as “Code Talkers” during World War II

During World War II, Native Americans played a key role in the war against the Axis. They confounded the enemy by using the Navajo language to send secret information from the front lines. The enemy could hear the messages, which they couldn’t decipher because the Navajo language was unfamiliar to them. Consequently, these “code talkers,” […]

Burned out by Camp fire, Redding veterans’ home resident gives back to community

By Gary Moore, CalVet REDDING – Nic Casella got help when he needed it most. He will repay the favor today. Soon after the 97-year-old Navy veteran returned from Chico to his home in Paradise on November 8, 2018, he saw an ominous cloud. Rain was not in the forecast. “I went to the sliding […]

Today is National Purple Heart Day, honoring those wounded or killed in wars, conflicts

August 7 is National Purple Heart Day, honoring the recipients of America’s oldest award for military merit. Created by General George Washington as the Badge of Merit in 1782, it was awarded for “any singularly meritorious action” in battle. That changed in 1931, when, at the behest of General Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. War Department […]

28th Annual Sacramento Stand Down ready to give military veterans a boost

In times of war, the term “stand down” represents a break. A break from the fighting. A chance to eat a hot meal, to sleep on a cot instead of the ground, and maybe to get a shower. Some time to regroup, to decompress, and to rejuvenate before heading back into the fray. Some veterans […]

New administrator brings “will-do” attitude to Veterans Home of California-Yountville

Lisa Peake believes that whether you are sent to Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere else, attitude makes the difference between drudgery and doable. “If you say ‘this deployment is going to be horrible,’ it will,” said Peake, who retired from the California National Guard as a “full-bird colonel” in May, ending a 30-year career in […]

Indigestible field chows become culinary masterpieces at CalVet’s MRE Cooking Challenge

What did we learn about a Meal Ready-to-Eat? That it can’t stump the experts, or at least not during CalVet’s 7th MRE Cooking Challenge at the California State Fair on Thursday. They turned the virtually indestructible and — to some in the military – indigestible field sustenance known as the Meal-Ready-to-Eat into works of culinary […]

Bond-ing family’s tradition of public service with CalVet’s Veterans Home in Ventura

When 49-year-old Julian Bond was recently appointed by Governor Newsom to run the Veterans Home of California-Ventura, CalVet got more than just an experienced administrator. It received a retired Army colonel from a family with a long, distinguished, and storied history of public service. His great-grandfather, James Bond, was born into slavery during the Civil […]

At ease! Join the fun – CalVet’s 7th Annual MRE Cooking Challenge at the State Fair is Tomorrow

Don’t forget CalVet’s 7th Annual MRE Cooking Challenge Thursday, July 18, at the California State Fair! Come watch top area chefs and members of the military test their skills as they transform Meal-Ready-to-Eat military field rations into tantalizing triumphs. The event, a highlight of the State Fair’s Military and Veteran Appreciation Day, begins at noon […]

Military veterans, chefs mobilize for CalVet’s 7th Annual MRE Cooking Challenge

Can military sustenance become scrumptious? Can drab be transformed into delectable? See for yourself at CalVet’s 7th Annual MRE Cooking Challenge, Thursday July 18 at the California State Fair, an event that promises to be tastefully done. The Challenge pairs military veterans and noted local chefs as they look to impress a panel of culinary […]